How To Fix WordPress Not Uploading Images Issue

Your WordPress isn’t showing images? This issue is not new but it’s certainly very annoying. In fact, when beginners find their WordPress not uploading images, their first reaction is of confusion. No matter how many times you refresh, the image doesn’t show up. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix to get rid of this problem on your own.

In this post, we have explained how you can easily resolve the WordPress not uploading issue. We have discussed the causes and ways to prevent this issue from happening in the future.

What Causes The WordPress Not Uploading Images Issue

It is the incorrect file permissions usually that stops your WordPress images from uploading. Since your WP files are saved on your hosting server, you need to give permission to the particular file/directory to open the images. If you fail to do so, your WordPress is unable to read which file it needs to open to upload your images. As a result, you see this message:

“Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2019/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server?”

In this scenario, your images don’t show up in your media library as well.

In case you’re wondering how your file permission got changed because your website was doing good earlier, it could be the misconfiguration on your shared webs hosting server that brought it. If, for example, your hosting server met an update and it changed the file permissions all of a sudden, you might not know but it will stop your images form uploading.

In case everything else on your website is good, you can just correct the file permissions to resolve the WordPress image uploading issue.

How to Fix Image Upload Issue in WordPress

To change file permissions, you need to use an FTP client and follow these steps:

  • Use the FTP client to connect to your WP website
  • Access the /wp-content/ folder in which you will see all your media files are stored
  • Right-click on the directory called uploads
  • Select File Permissions.
  • When the file permissions dialog box appears, set file permissions to 744 for the uploads directory and its subdirectories
  • You can set the 744 permission by adding the value in the numeric form in the given area
  • Click on the box in front of the Recurse into subdirectoriesoption
  • Hit the Apply to directories only button
  • Apply changes by clicking on Ok

[Note: In case 744 doesn’t help in resolving this issue, try using 755 to set permissions.]

  • When your FTP client completes its process, you need to set permissions for all files in the same directory.
  • Follow the above-mentioned steps to do that by using the value 644 this time
  • Click on the box in front of the Recurse into subdirectories option
  • Hit the Apply to directories only button
  • Apply changes by clicking on Ok

It will instruct your FTP to change file permissions for all file in the uploads directory. When it happens, you can go to the admin page of your WordPress and upload the images again.

In case you don’t want to use an FTP client to do these things, you can also use your WordPress hosting file manager. It’s also very easy to set correct file permissions from there.

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